I cannot seem to find any makeup that looks good on my skin. I am older, and anything I buy seems to well just look like s**t.
I have an olive complexion with yellow undertones, dark circles, and starting to get fine lines.
Everything I buy seems to either look like it sits on my skin, and accentuates my fine lines, makes my dark cirlces really white and gives me a vampire look, or looks really pale overall or really orange.
How do I tell what color I really am? Which is better liquid makeup? Or powder? How do I hide those circles with out looking dead in the eye area?
Why does all makeup look like crap on me?? IS THERE ANY PLACE I CAN GO TO EITHER BE TAUGHT HOW TO WEAR MAKEUP, OR AT LEAST FIND OUT WHICH COLOR AND TYPE TO BUY??
Go to sephora or ulta and tell them your concerns. They will have a lot of brands to try and play with. :). It’s your best bet. I took my mom to ulta the other week with similar concerns and she ended up with pur minerals and a tinted primer
@thumpurr: Past MUA here. I have use so many foundations its stupid. Do you want a lot of coverage over all or is your main issue your under eye circles? PP has a great idea. Go to Ulta or Sephora and talk to those employees, they know all of their products and will do your makeup for you. As for the dark circles, you will need a corrector and concealer. I have dark circles, but probably not as dark as yours. I currently use Prevage eye serum and cream to help treat it. Yes, it is expensive, but it works for me. I like coverage on my face as well, but not too much coverage. I would day Med- full coverage. I use bare minerals ready foundation right now and I love it.
I agree about going to talk to a professional at a store. However, if you find that their knowledge is hit or miss, maybe you can go to a makeup school, salon, or makeup artist? Some salons and MUAs offer sessions/classes and can give you some pointers. Or, if you’re comfortable with the idea, maybe some Mary Kay or Avon ladies.
To give you somewhere to start, I’d say that since you mention you have mature skin, you may want to go for a cream or stick foundation because it’s more moisturizing. Obviously, if you’re one of those lucky ladies who have oilier mature skin, disregard this advice. But if you have “common” mature skin, it would probably benefit from hydration – that will prevent makeup from “sitting on your skin”, as you mentioned, and it’ll help it meld into your skin better. I’d start with a rich moisturizer. Because fine lines are a concern, I’d try a primer
I’d use concealer with a light hand – this goes for everybody. If what you’ve been trying is too white, you just need to be matched with a better colour – a pro can help you with that. Or they may suggest that you use a corrector – go in with an open mind and see what they say. I’d pat on thin layers and build it up as I need them. If you find that coverage is too high, you can mix in a bit of foundation to sheer it out, and just use the pad of your finger to blend the colour outwards to meld with your foundation.
Hope this is somewhat helpful and have fun on your discovery journey! 🙂
I have olive undertones and have found foundations that work for me. Many makeup companies will have descriptions of their foundation colours online, I look for ones that are described as “beige” or “neutral” and that avoids picking a foundation that is too pink or too orange.
If you feel your undereye concealer makes you look white (the reverse raccoon eye effect) you are probably picking a colour that is too light. It should only be one shade lighter than your foundations. Some concealers have a peachy undertone that helps to cover dark circles and blend in with your foundation. But if your circles are very dark you may need a more orangey peach or yellow corrector (depending if your circles are more purple vs more blue) in addition to a concealer.
Going to Sephora or a department store counter you will be able to get samples of different foundations and formulas to see what works best for you. You can also try using a primer (Monsitat anti-chaffing gel works the same as expensive makeup primers!) to help with foundation settling in to lines/fading throughout the day.
I have a few lines on my forehead and I hate wearing foundation because I feel like it emphasizes them more. My daily make-up is just a pressed powder for some light coverage, may some concealer underneath if I need it.
For the wedding, I talked to my friend who is a MUA at Ulta. She was going to to my make-up but Ulta would not let her have the day off to come out to my wedding location. She gave me a sample of Benefit’s POREfessional. It’s like a tinted primer you can wear alone or under foundation. This stuff is amazing. It makes your pores and fine lines a lot less noticeable and helps foundation sit better. Your skin feels like silk. She also gave me samples of Benefit’s oxygen foundation, and that does pretty well on my face too.
@hummingbirdkrista: I have googled and see that there is a sephora 210 miles away. Luckily, I am over in that area quite often, and I will stop and see what they can do. Thanks.
@jesssamesssa: My eye area is the biggest concern, lines and dark circles. I keep buying concealers and it is always the wrong color. I will be making a trip to Salt Lake City to talk with the ladies at Sephora. I am desperate to get a handle on this. Of course, I am concerned with foundation color too. My skin color changes so much throughout the year, sometimes it is much lighter, and others it is darker. I am using Bare Minerals, and I really want to like it, but it just looks funny on my skin?? I keep trying different moiseurizers, and except the dark circles I almost look better (with only moisturizer) without the foundation??
@Nona99: Not puffy on most days. Usually just dark.
@ChicFoodist: I do use a primer. Is there one that is better for older skin?
@thumpurr: Sephora is a great store…they have this new ColorIQ thing that will take a few pictures of your skin (neck, cheek and forehead) to come up with an exact colour match for you and then give you a list of all the foundations in the store that are that exact colour. They will give you samples so take a few home to try and if you like any you can order online or the next time you’re in that area.
I have Bare Minerals too and like it (although I find the staying power a little weak) but the original version has a sheen that you may not like on your skin, so you could try the newer matte version.
As for liquid foundations, I think something with a natural or satin finish may be best…something like Nars Sheer Glow or Smashbox BB cream or L’Oreal True Match Lumi. I think a cream may be too heavy and likely to settle into fine lines.
As for the dark circles, as PPs have said, you likely would find a better result with a 2 step system, ie. first a colour corrector (a peachy shade, Bobbi Brown makes an amazing one) and then top that with a concealer in your proper skin shade or one shade lighter for a brighter effect. I find if I put a brightening concealer on without the first step, it looks too pale and greyish. Awful.
I just went with my mom to Lancome and they suggested a liquid foundation with full coverage and it was a special formula that doesn’t set into lines. I don’t remember what it was called but she mentioned all the concerns you did, the fine lines, circles, etc. I would start there. They can also match your color for you, so it looks flawless.
@thumpurr: My mom used to be a die hard Bare Minerals fan but she hasn’t been liking it lately and finally switched to a liquid foundation. She’s 51 so she is older than you but liquid is generally the way to go in my opinion.
Lisa Eldridge made a great YouTube video on doing makeup on more mature skin, this woman is obviously much older than you but it had some really good tips and you may want to check it out.
@thumpurr: try the garnier under eye roller that has pigment – it’s amazing. good coverage (although you may choose to use concealer as well) and really brightens the eye area while adding eye cream. it’s super user friendly and not a huge investment.